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by Michael Slowe
Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:46 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Your next Camcorder?
Replies: 135
Views: 59373

Your Next Camcorder?

I have not read the forum for a while and all sorts of odd things have been written! Firstly Tom, if tape formats (digital) are all the same quality why did Sony go to the trouble with DVCAM and why did I struggle all those years with a damn great heavy DSR 300? I know the information is the same bu...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:51 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The strangest place that you have filmed?
Replies: 24
Views: 9539

The Strangest Places That You Have Filmed?

I have just remembered that I was 'arrested' by police way back in about 1965 on Wormwood Scrubs at night! I wanted a shot of the perimiter wall and lights for a film about a fraudster going to prison and escaping and it was just after the real life escape of the spy Blake. I protested that I had re...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:49 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The strangest place that you have filmed?
Replies: 24
Views: 9539

The Stragest Places That You Have Filmed?

Peter, you make a joke (I hope!) but recently I heard of a filmmaker getting pulled up by the Police for filming ladies (don't know if young or old) in Trafalgar Square. Apparently they accused him of 'voyeurism'. Any legal beavor amongst us who knows the law on this? They told him it was in new leg...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:28 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The strangest place that you have filmed?
Replies: 24
Views: 9539

The Strangest Place That You Have Filmed?

As I look for interesting documentary subjects I have been to some difficult places to access. I spent nine months (a few days each week) inside Arsenal Football Stadium (Highbury) having access to all parts and then a night club in London's Leicester Square at one o'clock in the morning for "Meliss...
by Michael Slowe
Sat Sep 15, 2007 7:42 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Your next Camcorder?
Replies: 135
Views: 59373

Camera Original Media

Since we got very much off topic I have opened a new one but merely to say that I never mentioned archiving to DVD, heaven forbid. I archive finished productions firstly to HDCAM (or DVCPRO) in uncompressed HD Tape. I also make DVCAM copies and Mini DV for showing apart from the DVD's that I use if ...
by Michael Slowe
Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:00 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Your next Camcorder?
Replies: 135
Views: 59373

Your Next Camcorder?

Firstly let me support all those who don't want to go to the trouble of changing cameras. Many of the best films I have seen over the years were shot on the simplest kit, once again stupid, IT'S THE FILM MAKER NOT THE KIT. I merely answered the question about my ideal camera from what's currently po...
by Michael Slowe
Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:12 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Your next Camcorder?
Replies: 135
Views: 59373

Your Next Camcorder?

I agree that there are issues with the new XDCAM system but there will be plenty of options for storing your raw camera material. Personally, when I have finished a film I don't keep the camera originals anyway, I only keep master tapes (HD as well as DVCAM) of the final production. My point about t...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Your next Camcorder?
Replies: 135
Views: 59373

Your Next Camcorder?

Whilst repeating Ned's worthwhile reminder that it's the film and filmmaker that makes the difference I would warn everyone not to make any purchase until they review the new Sony trend to tapeless (solid state Express card) cameras. They have had the big expensive (£15,000) disc recording XDCAM HD ...
by Michael Slowe
Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:15 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: ND Filters
Replies: 14
Views: 5157

ND Filters

Ian, that must be rubbish! All the filter does is reduce the light coming in so you can open up the iris and control the exposure, they are used universally in all photography. I have never noticed any picture degradation in HD, indeed it generally improves it because you are using the best section ...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:53 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Why did you join the IAC?
Replies: 10
Views: 4459

Why Did You Join The IAC.

I joined in about 1973 for the same reasons as others have stated plus the fact that at the time they ran the second most important film competition. I think that the Ten Best was probably the main one because of its international appeal and better publicity for the winners (National Film Theatre, T...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Aug 20, 2007 4:03 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: TV VIEWING OF DVD's
Replies: 27
Views: 9789

TV Viewing of DVD's

Although the LCD screens are improving all the time (especially when viewing HD) I still prefer the Plasma screens. They seem to give a far warmer more natural image, as Dave says, but of course they are more expensive and probably have a shorter life span. Yesterday I was in someone's 'home cinema'...
by Michael Slowe
Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:22 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Are we really getting better?
Replies: 39
Views: 12832

Are we really Getting Better?

Willy, I disagree with your position on amateur / professional. We might be 'hobbyists' as you put it but that doesn't mean we shouldn't aspire to being as good as the pros (or better if we are particularly inspired by a subject). I have always welcomed the presence of film school students (yes and ...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Aug 05, 2007 8:25 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Are we really getting better?
Replies: 39
Views: 12832

Are We Really Getting Better?

To answer that from my personal point of view, NO. Although making films on all the wonderful digital video equipment and computers is far easier and quicker I am frustrated to find I am making films very similar to those I was making 30 years ago! Sad but true! My it was harder then. Searching out ...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:38 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: NEW V TRADITIONAL (Courtesy of Roy who's idea it is)
Replies: 36
Views: 11347

New V. Traditional

I was going to let this lie but I have to defend poor Ned (probably doesn't need me!) against implied criticism from Roy. What Ned and I are saying is that new or old style, it doesn't matter as long as it works for the audience. Meaningless hosepiping, unintelligble sounds, complete lack of structu...
by Michael Slowe
Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:45 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: NEW V TRADITIONAL (Courtesy of Roy who's idea it is)
Replies: 36
Views: 11347

New V. Traditional

Sorry Roy, I strayed a bit but my point was that the 'new' can of course be seen alongside the older styles, a film is a film is a film. Artistsic expression takes many forms but the modern videos still have to be watchable and comprehensable which many are (but not most as I have witnessed to my co...